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  • Major tilapia markets continue to weaken
    The weak positions of the USA and EU, the major tilapia markets, continue into the first quarter of 2016. Nevertheless, international trade remained positive.

  • Tilapia chinese supply drops
    In 2015, the US and EU markets weakened while average import prices also declined. Industry sources estimate there was a 40% drop in Chinese tilapia production for the year, due to unfavourable weather conditions

  • 2015 closes with markets flooded with low-value tilapia
    During the first nine months of 2015, national sources report that nearly 170 000 tonnes of frozen tilapia fillets were imported into major markets.

  • EU fish market is now open
    To be listed for export, Kenya prepared and submitted a national residue monitoring plan for approval.


Domestic demand keeps market firm

At the INFOFISH Tilapia 2015 conference, Professor Kevin Fitzsimmons estimated that global tilapia production exceeded 4.85 million tonnes in 2014. For 2015, it is forecasted that production will grow by 6% to total 5 million tonnes.

During the recent Tilapia 2015 conference organized by INFOFISH in Kuala Lumpur, Professor Dr Jun Rong Liu reported that domestic Chinese tilapia production in 2013 was 1.6 million tonnes. She noted that though domestic demand for tilapia remains strong, much work needs to be done by the industry to improve the quality of the fish

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Taiwan's Fisheries Administrator will talk on the culture of cobia and tilapia at the 2003 Boston Seafood Show

The Head of the Taiwanese Fisheries Administration, Mr. Sing-Hwa Hu, will deliver a keynote address on tilapia and cobia aquaculture in his country at the 2003 Boston Seafood Show. Hu’s keynote speech is scheduled for Tuesday, March 11, 2003, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Room 200 at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston. The address will be open to show attendees, exhibitors, and registered media. In addition, there will be a Taiwanese seafood tasting, which will be hosted by Mr. Hu, in Room 103 of the Hynes Convention Center from 2 to 4 p.m. on March 11.

Taiwan has recently gained a worldwide reputation in aquaculture technologies as a complement to its longtime prominence in distant-water fisheries. Aquaculture production of both tilapia and cobia has increased in Taiwan in the last two decades. Taiwan is one of the major farmed-tilapia producing countries in Asia, and has been an important supplier of whole-frozen tilapia to the U.S. market since 1993. Taiwan also exports high quality fresh and chilled fillets, including cultured cobia, to the Japanese sashimi market. Cage-culture of cobia started about a decade ago in Taiwan.

Mr. Hu will discuss the development of tilapia and cobia culture to demonstrate the advantages and contributions of Taiwan’s aquaculture sector. Mr. Hu will also discuss the production and marketing of these two species, followed by an overview of their global trade. He will highlight the advantages and constraints of tilapia and cobia as culture species; and present development programs for the tilapia and cobia industries in Taiwan. Finally, he will outline the future prospects for these two industries.

Currently, Mr. Hu is the Administrator, Fisheries Administration, Council of Agriculture, Taiwan, Republic of China. Mr. Hu received his master’s degree from the Florida Institute of Technology, Florida, U.S.A. He was a Research Fellow of the Taiwan Fisheries Research Institute and held various executive and administrative positions at government fisheries agencies from 1970 through 1997. Since 1998, Mr. Hu has served as the Administrator of Taiwan Fisheries Administration. The Fisheries Administration is the highest fisheries policy-making agency in Taiwan. Mr. Hu is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the National Taiwan Ocean University.

Mr. Hu has published numerous papers in the fields of fisheries policy, fisheries administration, fish culture, aquaculture, and marine fisheries. He has also published several books on fisheries, including “Printing Fisheries of Taiwan”, “Talking Fisheries of Taiwan”, and “Ocean Taiwan”.